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Showing posts with label spain. Show all posts

Dec 1, 2022

Just over a decade ago, Spanish football was in the midst of its greatest-ever era. Firstly under Luis Aragonés and then under Vicente Del Bosque, Las Rojas romped to back-to-back European Championships, with a first and only World Cup success sandwiched in the middle. And that success was built off the back of one club, FC Barcelona.

Back in 2008, Luis Aragonés led a new-look Spanish side to Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. Out went the old guard such as Real Madrid legend Raul and in came a wealth of younger technical players, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. But the jewel in the Spanish crown was of course the Catalonian duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

May 8, 2015

Excuse the mess but we live here. Roseanne Barr

This could happen only in Spain. The league is all set for a photo finish with both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid racing neck to neck, with no space for any slip. In such a back drop, all discussion should be about how it will all span out or at least whether Messi is human or not! But Spanish League being Spanish League, that wasn't to be the case. Now one of the most promising end of La Liga Title Race is under threat of being killed prematurely by utter stupidity and confusion from the part of Spanish Federation (RFEF), Spanish Football League (LFP), Spanish professional footballers' union (AFE) and of course the Spanish Government. For those who are not much aware of what is going on, here is a recap. It all started with the Spanish Government approving a law governing the sale of television rights to broadcast football games and the distribution of the income. Technically the law has to be passed by the Parliament, but it is safe to assume that it would sail through the house.

Jun 19, 2014

  • Spain lost 2-0 to Chile ending any World Cup hopes.
  • Both Chile and Netherlands have qualified from Group B.
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it Thomas Paine

For a second time in running, the defending Champion in a World Cup has said good-bye before the tournament has kicked into his third gear. Last World Cup Italy suffered the indignity of exiting in the Group stages, this time Spain continued that tradition. This is the third time in a row this is happening with a European side. In 2002, France ended at the bottom of the Group, 2010 Italy maintained that tradition by securing the bottom place and now it Spain looks to be on course. By current playing form Australia looks more dangerous that Spain. So a bottom place finish is beckoning, will the Spaniards Oblige? May be this is the in-trend with the European World Champions.

Jun 14, 2014

  • Spain's alternative playing style fail big time against Netherlands
  • Spain needs to win their rest of two match and hope other results go their way to qualify

No one expected such a result; forget the thrashing. The worst many of us was expected was a a tight defeat which could have been the result of the Dutch seizing the important moments. But this was hiding in every way. It was so surprising to see a team which looked pretty assuring in the first half to just wilt down completely in the second half. Had it not be for some late saves by Casillas, the scoreline would have looked even worse. The line-up looked brilliant for the Spanish but it never combined from the beginning. And it all went down hill once David Silva failed to increase the lead to 2-0 after an exquisite through ball from Iniesta put him through. Dutch equalised soon and that momentum they multiplied and carried in to the second half big time.

Jul 2, 2012

Spain Euro 2012 Victory
Spain Euro 2012 Victory

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